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Grado Prestige Series Sr80i Stereo Headphone (discontinued By Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 21, 2015

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Grado Prestige Series Sr80i Stereo Headphone (discontinued By Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/30/2015
Based on 135 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 2.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.8   above average
Sound4.5   average
Quality4.2   average
Music4.1   average
Listening3.9   below average
Comfortable3.7   below average
Cable3.3   average


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Audio

Audio:
"I bought these headphones used after not enjoying the audio technica ath m20x the SR80i's are the best headphones i have ever owned! "
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"Even though you don't need an amp for these, I would still suggest using an ODAC to clear up outgoing audio."
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"For the price, you get great balanced sound, they are easy to drive (meaning you should be able to use these on pretty much any player from tiny MP3 players to PC audio output ports to high-end audio amplifiers), and produce a comfortable listening experience."
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"The audio quality is outstanding."
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"I do like my Audio Techinica ATH-M50s more but these are really good for their style of head phones, I go back and forth, depending on how i feel."
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Cable

Cable:
"I've owned two Grado headphones and they both broke under routine use -- a cable separated from the earpiece on my Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphones and an earpiece separated from the headband on my SR-80's."
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"Only complaint is that the cord is too long."
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"We'll be sending them back based on the discomfort, kinked cable, and lack of warranty coverage."
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"They also move slide up and down in the head-band fairly easily so you are constantly re-adjusting the fit every time you put them back on which is annoying, I'm also constantly having to untwist the cables."
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"Pro:Sound, comfort, geeky styling, tangle-proof cable."
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"Overall the headphones are really really good but the one drawback I notice the the ear part swivels and it's easy to get the cord tangled."
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"One issue I had was the fact that the cord is kinda long but these are for indoor listening but there too good just to hear at home."
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"these fit nice, sound great, but the way the can twirl around causes the cord casing to kink up."
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"Each ear speaker can spin freely, and if you don't pay attention, you can twist the cable up pretty good by taking them on and off, or throwing them in a bag."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Head strap is horrible, worst quality leather, it is not comfortable at all."
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"This was disappointing because I liked them both (although they could have been more comfortable).I replaced the SR80's with Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones."
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"Really fantastic sound quality, comfortable wear, and no durability issues for the past couple of years."
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"I also felt the construction was rather weak, but I would have been willing to forgive this had they been more comfortable."
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"I had a pair of sony extra bass xb300s which were supposed to be very very comfortable, but after trying these out those old ones feel horrible, I like the little bit of pressure between the headphones in addition to the padding which makes them feel more solid."
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"very accurate reproduction lovve the sound and comfort"
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"Great sound, and very comfortable fit! "
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"I find the 80i's to be very comfortable, light, easy to wear, and sounds great."
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"THE GOOD:* They are SUPER comfortable."
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"For movie watching, gaming, or more comfort for longer duration, I would recommend other headphones."
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Listening

Listening:
"I stuck an Asus DGX card into my rig and put the effect on Bass, then clicked on the Dolby Digital (not recommended for listening to music...everything has too much of an echo)."
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"These headphones sound great, but the openness and uncomfortable nature of these headphones only allow for music listening in short to moderate duration at home."
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"They hurt your ears over extensive listening, albeit I find the majority of headphones uncomfortable over long periods of listening."
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"*As a side note I used to listen to mostly EDM and stuff like gramatik, pretty lights, griz, etc but from having these headphones I haven't been able to stop myself from listening to rock music."
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"For the price, you get great balanced sound, they are easy to drive (meaning you should be able to use these on pretty much any player from tiny MP3 players to PC audio output ports to high-end audio amplifiers), and produce a comfortable listening experience."
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"Highly recommended for critical listening at home."
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"Open-back are great for listening well to music while still being able to keep track of the household's needs, especially baby's."
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"The foam cups are easy on long slightly hot listening sessions."
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"These would only be good for listening at home."
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Music

Music:
"Forget about listening to rap or hip hop or electronic dance music with these, as some low bass notes will be flat out missing!"
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"Because of the open backs, these are not the best for bass heavy music but for everything else the clarity is just amazing."
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"If you like bass-heavy music like dubstep, you might be disappointed."
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"I stuck an Asus DGX card into my rig and put the effect on Bass, then clicked on the Dolby Digital (not recommended for listening to music...everything has too much of an echo)."
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"These headphones sound great, but the openness and uncomfortable nature of these headphones only allow for music listening in short to moderate duration at home."
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"*As a side note I used to listen to mostly EDM and stuff like gramatik, pretty lights, griz, etc but from having these headphones I haven't been able to stop myself from listening to rock music."
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"Great headphones, but... you can't hear music in it public placeNevertheless I haven't heard anything better than grado sr80i"
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"A little hot on top for my ears, but it can sound great with more acoustic music."
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"-Yes, and they still sound great, no distortion or issues that I have found, but to me, in the environment that I use them, more importantly I can dial the volume to the lowest setting and still get crisp defined clear music!"
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"Since I need to stay somewhat aware of my surroundings, the open design combined with enjoyable music even at low volumes is a winning combination, and best of all, they don't leak enough to be disturbing to my coworkers!"
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"TLDR; PERFECT for use in a work cubicle farm environment, allowing you to listen to well defined balanced music even at low volumes all the while not disturbing your co-workers AND remaining aware of your surroundings (phone-rings, people calling out for you etc."
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Price

Price:
"I got them for use at work to replace a previous set of cheap MEElectronics HT-21 headphones that sounded great for the price, but were terribly uncomfortable to wear."
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"Best sounding headphone for the price will STAY with the Grado line of fine headphones THANX GRADO !"
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"These cans give amazing sound for the price."
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"For the price, you get great balanced sound, they are easy to drive (meaning you should be able to use these on pretty much any player from tiny MP3 players to PC audio output ports to high-end audio amplifiers), and produce a comfortable listening experience."
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"I got them for use at work to replace a previous set of cheap MEElectronics HT-21 headphones that sounded great for the price, but were terribly uncomfortable to wear."
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Quality

Quality:
"Head strap is horrible, worst quality leather, it is not comfortable at all."
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"Sound quality is good, but not perfect."
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"Really fantastic sound quality, comfortable wear, and no durability issues for the past couple of years."
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"So while they sound good, the build quality and overall user experience isn't that great."
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"Sound quality good."
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"Sound quality is magnificent but not the build!"
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"There is not a ton of bass, but the bass present is tightly controlled and good quality bass, not vibrations like on most headphones."
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"They sit on the ear so they are very comfortable but do leak sound (someone sitting next to you will hear your music if you listen to it loudly).For the casual listener, these are a definite step up above your iPhone free headphones, so they're absolutely worth it, but if you're streaming your music the difference in quality will be limited, although through no fault of the headphones."
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"I always have appreciated quality sound (I won't bore you with my credit score damage pursuing it), and these days, I do so on a more cost reasonable basis."
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Sound

Sound:
"I always have appreciated quality sound (I won't bore you with my credit score damage pursuing it), and these days, I do so on a more cost reasonable basis."
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"Sound quality is good, but not perfect."
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"It is possible to spend 4-5 times as much for a pair of headphones that do not sound as good as these."
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"These headphones sound great, but the openness and uncomfortable nature of these headphones only allow for music listening in short to moderate duration at home."
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"I bought these with the intention of having headphones that allow me to still hear sound around me, which for some people isn't good."
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"Really fantastic sound quality, comfortable wear, and no durability issues for the past couple of years."
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"Sound quality good."
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"Sound was great but, now one of the channels has stopped working,so on that basis one star and be advised to avoid! "
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"I love how these sound but I'm probably going to be upgrading to a higher quality, similar sounding headphone like the Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones (250 Ohm)."
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"I really wish these lasted longer, as they sound wonderful, but after eight months of normal use, they've fallen apart."
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"Okay, I just want to start off by saying these sound GREAT."
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